November 3

R-Mine Bridal Dresses Brides on I Do Over from Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

Although I have admired her salon for many years, I only met Arminé last year when she designed the custom wedding gown for my client Shamicka Lawrence (wife of Martin Lawrence). An astute sophisticated woman with great personal style and impeccable taste commands the attention of women with discerning taste all over the ‘City of Angels.’ Needless to say, I was thrilled and uber-excited when she agreed to share her gifts with our brides on I Do Over. After a grueling production schedule and some time to get back in my own zone—I had a chance to sit down with Arminé and relive some of the fun and a bit of the stress from making dreams come true in only 5 days!

DV: What was your experience like working with our brides on I Do Over?

Arminé: My experience with all three brides was very fulfilling, yet challenging. Since all three women had experienced a wedding disaster, we committed so much time and extra effort to ensure perfection the second time around. Each bride received a custom designed dress to fit their personality, venue and most importantly their dreams of the perfect dress. With all three brides, you will see three distinctively different gowns all with the Armine’ touch but designed specifically for them. It was great pleasure to witness the smiles on their faces; priceless!

DV: I have always been a big proponent of a woman wearing the color that makes her glow on her wedding day instead of defaulting to white. What are your feelings about colored wedding dresses?

Arminé: I absolutely love colored wedding dresses and as an artist, I admire the personality that comes alive whenever a bride discovers an untraditional but perfect color for her dream gown. I feel that the color of a dress reflects each bride’s personality; bringing dimension and character. My love affair with wedding gowns began at the age of three as I stared mesmerized at my Aunt at her wedding.  She floated down the aisle in a gorgeous soft blue gown and I instantly fell in love.

DV: We saw a few disasters on I Do Over that involved wedding attire. In fact you designed the gown for Dana Santini—our premiere episode after her bridesmaids dresses never showed up and her girls walked down the aisle in the groomsmens’ tuxedo shirts. What tips can you offer a bride to avoid her own wedding gown disaster?

Arminé: When shopping for your bridal gown, I advise all brides to make sure they are choosing a salon that understands their needs, style and ultimately works within their budget. A woman’s wedding gown will be one of the most if not the most important purchase in the planning process and an unreliable source can cause immense stress and as we saw—a lifetime of bad memories.

DV: You have quietly built a national reputation for exquisite design while tucked away in Studio City. What inspires you the most when designing a gown?

Arminé: When I am working with a bride, her personality, personal style and venue tend to drive the creative process. However, I also always ask questions about her partner. All aspects of the wedding starting with the dress needs to represent both the bride and groom. When I’m working on a new collection I get my inspiration from music and art. I also love draping using a mixture of different fabrics to create texture and dimension.

DV: If you could design a wedding gown for 5 women—dead or alive—who would they be and why?

Arminé: Blake Lively because she is a gorgeous, young woman who has already established herself as a ‘Fashionista’ and has a special aura to her.

Gwen Stefani has a simple boldness about her. She can go out without make up other than red lipstick and look fierce.

Halle Berry has such a strong yet elegant style. She always knows how to dress appropriately and never lets her audience down.

Marion Cotillard’s timeless beauty and style amazes me. She is elegant and classy. She is fierce yet charming and I would love to see her in my designs.

Audrey Hepburn, because I was obsessed with her after watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as a child.

DV: Your personal style is so sophisticated and tailored. Do you have any personal fashion icons?  If so, who and why?

Arminé: My fashion icons are Coco Chanel, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier. Chanel for its timeless classic looks while the other three, amaze me by their choice of color, structure, fabric choices and design elements.

DV: What’s next for Arminé and R-Mine Bridal?

Arminé: For years R-mine was known for carrying high-end designer bridal gowns next to my own designs. As much as I love and respect all of the designers that I worked with, I’ve decided it’s time to change R-mine’s image to a specialized couture boutique. I am working on a new bridal and evening collection. Each dress is hand made in our studio offering our client’s a personalized shopping experience and a custom fitted gown.

My clients can choose from our coll­­­­ection of gowns, opt for personalized elements when we fabricate one of our collection gowns for them, or I can work with them personally to design something that is one of a kind.

For more information about R-Mine or to view the complete collection, click here!

And of course, don’t forget to tune in to the premiere episode of I Do Over on Sunday, November 13th at 10pm on WEtv for a glimpse of the custom gown that Arminé designed for Dana Santini!

So do share, what is the worse wedding disaster you have heard of that involved dresses? Join the Diann Valentine family and share it with us all!

Keep spreading the love,


September 2

Rant or Rave: Mother of the Bride Attire

Every bride wants her big day to be perfect. But what happens when her mother picks out a dress that doesn’t quite fit the bride’s vision of how her family and wedding party will look? After all, everyone will be looking at these pictures for years and years to come…

Do you break it to your mother nicely that this dress isn’t exactly what you had in mind? Or do you keep your mouth shut and let your mother have the final say in what she is going to wear? Rant or rave!


February 11

White by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal: Eye Candy

For all you brides-to-be searching for “the one” (and of course we mean gown), listen up! The White by Vera Wang Collection launched today exclusively at David’s Bridal. The best part? These stunning pieces not only exude Vera Wang’s signature style, but they all range from just $600 to $1,400.

You can browse all of the gowns and accessories at the David’s Bridal site, but here are a few of our favorites from this gorgeous new collection. Ready to swoon?

Images courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Love what you see? You can learn more about the collection and even view a behind the scenes video at the David’s Bridal website. Happy weekend!


January 18

Rent the Runway Introduces Weddings: Eye Candy

We’ve told you all about how Rent the Runway makes high fashion easy for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and guests, and now they’re paving a budget-friendly path for the bridal party too! This fashion-forward company has just launched Rent the Runway Weddings, offering designer bridesmaid dresses and bridal accessories to rent for a fraction of the retail price.

Here are a few of our favorite frocks and accessories from this new collection. If you aren’t already a Rent the Runway member, you can create a free account to shop for more. Recessionistas of the world, rejoice!

Thread Social Sapphire Fairy Tale Dress

Rental: $75 | Retail: $550

Badgley Mischka Perfect Page Dress

Rental: $100 | Retail: $330

Tibi Roman Goddess Embellished Gown

Rental: $100 | Retail: $595

Miriam Haskell The Secret Garden Cuff

Rental: $50 | Retail: $480

Badgley Mischka Marry Me Crystal Drop Earrings

Rental: $25 | Retail: $125

Nicole Miller Star Light Bright Bracelet

Rental: $15 | Retail: $110

Nicole Miller Smiling Shaye Dress

Rental: $85 | Retail: $290

Nicole Miller Exquisite Eliza Gown

Rental: $135 | Retail: $510

Robert Rodriguez Collection Heavenly Hayley Dress

Rental: $125 | Retail: $695

Love what you see? Leave us a comment below!


July 19

Summer Weddings: What to Wear

Whether you’re invited to a destination wedding in the sand or an extravagant nuptial affair, we have some stylish tips on what to wear to summer weddings at a variety of venues.

Vineyard Wedding
For a vineyard wedding, consider an ensemble in a stylish hue that would work for both indoors and outdoors. You might also want to keep a light shawl or wrap if it gets chilly later into the evening. Classic neutral accessories and simple jewelry will compliment a brighter or more embellished dress nicely.

Adrianna Papell Rosette Trim Taffeta Party Dress, Pour La Victoire Divia, La Regale Evening Bag

Beach Wedding
For a summer beach wedding, try a light, chic sundress for daytime, or go with a long, flowy dress in a soft print for an evening reception. Choose something elegant without looking too formal for the venue. Delicate and understated jewelry and accessories are all you need to complete the relaxed, but stylish look.

JS Collections Print Chiffon Gown, J. Crew Crystal angel earrings, Santi Clutch

Garden Wedding
For an outdoor garden wedding, try a dress that is fresh and summery, or a floral print that is elegant but not over the top, so you stay cool and comfortable. Light or bright colors will work in the sunny venue, and accessories can be playful but chic.

DVF Gussie Dress, Evelyn Knight Crystal Bubble Cuff, Santi Clutch

Black-Tie Wedding
For a glamorous, evening black tie wedding, opt for a gown that is formal and sophisticated, accessorized with a dramatic statement jewelry piece.

Badgley Mischka Satin Gown, Lulu Frost Sage Collage Necklace, Jimmy Choo Lance Sandals


May 11

Bridesmaid Dresses: Beyond the Wedding Day

Forget the horrible bridesmaids dresses of the past! Learn how to pick the perfect dress for your bridesmaids with help from our guest post from The Dessy Group’s Bridesmaid blog.

Remember when being a bridesmaid meant having to purchase a dress you knew you wouldn’t like and would only wear once? When the norm was big, poofy, billowing material that even the best of friends would have a hard time wearing with a smile. Remember beauties like these?

Thankfully, it no longer has to be this way! No more tears, no more forced smiles or money wasted horrendous dresses. The modern woman has demanded more.  Rise up, I say, and applaud yourselves for putting an end to disaster dresses and demanding the emergence of bridesmaid dresses you actually look forward to buying and *GASP!* even wear again and again.

That’s right, today’s bridesmaid dresses are chocked full of style and grace. At The Dessy Group, we provide just that. We combine chic, sophisticated sensibility with a signature array of color choices that make the dresses the centerpiece to any wedding celebration. From floor to tea length dresses in a variety of modern fabrics, we offer elegance that can be worn long after the reception.

Try styles like these on for size instead:

Alfred Sung 2010 Collection

Lela Rose 2010 Collection

As a bride, you now have endless choices to outfit your best women in high fashion, styling and affordable dresses.  You can even shake it up a bit and choose the color while having them choose their favorite style, or vice versa. The anything goes mentality is in, while, thankfully, the poof is out!

For many more long lasting styles check out the Dessy site. Beyond finding the perfect dress you’ll find a section dedicated to PANTONE Wedding, a collection of tools including the PANTONE WEDDING color guide with over 190 colors, perfectly matched paper swatch cards and online Style Boards to help you select perfectly color coordinated dresses and décor. This means it’s easier than ever to find modern bridesmaid dresses in your perfect dream color and a style that will compliment you.